Power Stars is one of the leading properties of Novomatic Gaming, and combines everything a slot player could want, from enhanced features to massive prizes. What’s more, no download is required, meaning the player can visit the casino, sign up and start playing immediately through their online gaming interface.
The game layout itself follows the familiar pattern of five reels and three rows for a total of fifteen symbol areas on each spin. Players can then select between five and ten win lines, with chances of winning on each spin increasing alongside the number of lines chosen. Players can choose either real or virtual money for their first foray into the Power Stars game, with the difference being that virtual play is obviously rewarded with virtual prizes. It does, however, allow the player to sample the gaming experience and the unique features of Power Stars.
The basic game symbols are as traditional as the layout. It uses the fruit symbols used in a number of Novomatic games, alongside other familiar symbols including the 7 and the bell. As indicated by the name of the game, the star also makes an appearance and, alongside the 7, is the most valuable symbol in play. The value in the 7 lies in the fact that it is the jackpot symbol. If the player is lucky enough to spin in five 7s across any win line, they win a jackpot of 1,000 times their stake. With stakes ranging from €0.04 up to €2.00, the jackpot prizes varies in value between €40 and a massive €2,000. This of course means that jackpot hunters should play for as high a stake as their bankroll allows.
Power Stars is visually impressive, with the most striking effect occurring when a winning spin appears. The symbols on the winning line ignite before the player’s eyes, burning away to indicate the player’s hot streak.
The importance of the aforementioned star symbol is that it acts as the wild symbol within the Power Stars game. However, this is no ordinary wild symbol. If the star appears on the second, third or fourth reel it expands to cover all three areas, often increasing wins by improving the number of win lines in play. A winning spin that incorporates the expanded star also awards a free spin, with the expanded reel held, making for excellent prize opportunities.
Power Stars also includes one of Novomatic’s most common gamble games. A winning spin activates the feature, where the player can choose the colour of the next card to be drawn, or collect without gambling at all. The gamble feature can continue as long as the player keeps winning, making for some very lucrative lucky streaks.
The game is also part of the lucrative signup bonus where the player receives an extra percentage of their first deposit as additional cash. Players also accumulate loyalty points from every spin, which are used to calculate monthly bonus payments which are credited in real cash and require no further deposits.